Lotto punter scoops €10m with quick pick
A LUCKY punter in the north-east is having the best possible Easter after scooping the €10m plus top prize in the weekend Lotto draw.
Darren Souhan, who owns the store where the winning €4 quick pick ticket was sold in Trim, Co Meath, said they are still clueless as to who the country's newest multi-millionaire might be. The 41-year-old operates Souhan's Filling Station along with his mother Ena, sister Nicola and brother John.
"We got a phonecall on Saturday night around 9pm - the National Lottery rang us. So there is great speculation as to who won it," he explained.
"We would be a very busy filling station - we are in the town so we would literally have no idea who it is because there would be so many people in and out all day. Our business is probably three-quarters local trade and then another 25pc of passing trade. It is a tourist town, especially around Easter, so it could be anyone."
But, that hasn't stopped the rumour mill going into overdrive, and Darren said that at least six names were being speculated about locally yesterday.
The shop first opened its doors in 1997 and this is the first time they have sold a Lottery ticket which claimed the main jackpot prize. They've had previous successes with customers on the television game shows. They are now likely to collect a bonus cheque of up to €15,000.
Darren reckons that their Easter good fortune may have come from their late father, who sadly passed away last November. "We think he might be looking down on us and giving us a bit of luck," he said.
Saturday's draw was the highest the jackpot has climbed to all year. Wednesday's mid-week draw is now set to be worth €2m.
The last winner to claim the jackpot prize was in Co Kildare in February. That lucky punter won the Lotto draw which had been postponed for the first time in the game's 27-year history.
The National Lottery terminals have been blighted with technical issues in recent times.
The National Lottery licence was sold last year to the consortium Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), who became the first private operators.